Remodeling Your Kitchen On A Budget

Construction & Contractors Blog

Kitchen remodeling projects are notoriously expensive, but you can save a few thousands bucks if you want to get creative or don't mind doing a little extra legwork. You may be tempted to look for stuff that's top of the line, but you can find less expensive materials to start, then even look at ways you can refresh what you currently own rather than replacing it all.

Repair And Refresh, Don't Replace

Replacing literally everything in your kitchen is extremely pricey, but if you have some good parts there that would work well if only they looked different, consider remaking what you currently have. For example, if you have a nice set of cabinets, you can refit the doors, give them a new paint job and add new drawers to the boxes you already have instead of replacing the entire thing from scratch. You can do the same thing with your kitchen table and chairs.

This is harder to do with flooring and appliances, but avoiding the replacement on even a few major items can save you plenty. You'll pay less for a sanding machine and some paint than you will a whole new set of cabinets.

Find Your Materials Outside The Store

If you're going to be replacing your floor or wall material, you'll probably need tile, stone or whatever you feel like. This is sometimes provided by your contractor (for an extra fee), but you can just as easily buy the materials yourself so you only pay them for labor. When you have control over where you buy your materials from, you can save even more money. For example, instead of going to a hardware store, check online. People who have started renovations of their own will sometimes have extra materials that they'll sell for a steep discount so they can get it out of their house.

You can also find the same from many construction sites. Once they're finished with a project, they may have spare materials to sell, or even give away for free. If you have some flexibility in your design choices, see what others in your area have to offer.

Create An Aesthetic You Want

Many people would love that multi-million dollar kitchen, but lack the multi-millions. Using various materials and tricks, you can still make massive changes to how your kitchen looks for relatively cheap. For example, your kitchen design may look much better in the right lighting, so look into some new, more powerful light fixtures. If you want something a little more pretty, consider adding glass or frosted glass inserts to your cabinet doors, changing your blinds and curtains and adding some wall art.

Essentially, if you know the general look you're going for, you can often find a cheaper way to get it. It doesn't have to be all showroom models.

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26 February 2015

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